Former Gov. Riley subpoenaed to testify in bingo trial

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Attorneys for indicted casino owner Milton McGregor have filed a request issuing a subpoena to former Governor Bob Riley to testify at trial.

The trial is scheduled to begin June 6.

Riley's attorneys filed a motion to quash the subpoena on the grounds that Riley does not have any knowledge of the investigation that took place that led to the indictment of 11 individuals including former and current lawmakers, lobbyists, and legislative staff.

Attorneys did write in their motion that the former governor understands he is required to provide any information that could be relevant to the trial.

The request contains information regarding former Governor Riley's motorcycle trip across the United States and then Alaska.

The response from his attorneys says Riley has meetings scheduled that can't be rescheduled and he has paid "thousands of dollars" for certain parts of the trip in advance.

Attorney General Luther Strange also had one of his staff file a challenge to the subpoena in an effort to quash the motion in court.

Part of the motion read, "Absent the Defendant showing that the individuals under subpoena have direct knowledge about issues relevant to this criminal proceeding, the state officials can provide no admissible testimony."

The Attorney General's motion to squash the order was the subpoenas for former Alabama Department of Public Safety Director Chris Murphy, current Alabama Department of Public Safety Director Hugh McCall, and current Alabama Department of Public Safety Executive Counsel Michael Robinson.

The court has not yet ruled on the motion.

Attorneys for Milton McGregor and former Governor Bob Riley could not be reached for comment Friday.

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